A Beginning in Jackson..


In 1829, a man named Horace Blackman took a tour along the Grand River with a land surveyor named Alexander Laverty and an Indian from Ann Arbor. The three gentlemen laid camp at the present day intersection in downtown Jackson, Trail and N. Jackson streets. Horace Blackman was so impressed with the land that he traveled all the way to Monroe to make a claim for 160 acres (Jackson).

Then Horace and his brother Russell cleared the land and built a cabin on the corner of what is present day Ingham and Trail streets. After many years of hard work, the two began establishing the town, turning it into a prominent player in the regions economy and production.

The town went under many name changes before settling on Jackson. On January 16, 1830, Horace’s brother Russell Blackman established the term “Jacksonburgh.” It then went on to be called Jacksonopolis before finally being officially called Jackson in 1838 when Andrew Jackson’s project “cabinet counties” was complete (Ken).


Jackson would then go on to become an iconic city for not only the state of Michigan but the entire United States.